7 June 2016
Air Force base engineer and real estate agent, Titi Pierce is suing American talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres on the ground that she caused her humiliation and ridicule by mispronouncing her name, turning it into a breast joke.
According to Pierce, a Nigerian-American, her Nigerian name “Titi” is “Tee Tee” not “titty” as was pronounced by the talk show host in a segment that was first aired in February. Using a picture of Pierce’s real-estate sign, DeGeneres read her name as “Titty Pierce”.
Titi claims in the lawsuit that this joke caused “immediate ridicule and raucous laughter” from the audience and that Pierce who prior to that time had never been referred to as “Titty” until DeGeneres mispronounced it, has been frequently referred to as “Titty”.
The lawsuit also states that the sign that was put up on the show had her phone number and that since then, the estate agent has been getting “harassing and threatening” phone calls at all hours of the day and night.
The lawsuit claims that Ms. Pierce was defamed, her privacy infringed upon and that she has since been a victim of intentionally inflicted distress. When the show was aired again in April, harassing and threatening phone calls and the ridicules increased.
The lawsuit was filed against Warner Brothers Entertainment, parent company of the DeGeneres show.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress, Ellen DeGeneres. The programme combines comedy, celebrity, musical guests and human-interest stories.
The programme often features audience participation games where prizes are awarded. It is an hour-long, five-days-a-week, variety talk show with segment sometimes repeated during this time.